Reminder – The traffic laws that apply to E-scooters in the ACT
Over the Christmas and New Year break E-scooters were out and about in force, with many locals and visitors using them to get around! But ACT Policing had to issue a reminder that motorised scooters are more than a novelty, after issuing some infringement notices.
But many people do not realise that while you do not require a licence to ride an e-scooter, you are still bound by ACT traffic laws while using them.
Here is a reminder of the rules that apply:
- E-scooter rides must obey ACT road transport laws.
- Riders must wear approved bicycle helmets.
- Riders cannot carry passengers.
- E-scooters must not travel on the road unless there is not a footpath, shared path or nature strip along the road or an on-road bicycle lane.
- The speed limits for e-scooters are 25km/h on shared paths and bicycle paths, and 15km/h on a footpath.
- Riders must give way to pedestrians and keep left on footpaths.
- Scooters must slow down to 10km/h when approaching and when travelling across a crossing.
- Riders cannot use a mobile device while riding on an e-scooter.
- E-scooters must have a bell or warning device.
- E-scooters must have lights and reflectors at night or in rough weather conditions.
- Riders cannot drink and ride.
- Children under the age of 12 must not use an electric scooter without adult supervision. E-scooter providers Beam and Neuron do not allow riders under the age of 18 on their scooters.
Visit the Canberra Safety Map
As you’re getting into the rhythm of the new year, please consider contributing your views about areas of Canberra where you feel unsafe. The Safety Map is easy to use and the data we are collecting is being used by us to influence the ACT Government to make changes to improve ACT’s public spaces for women. You can read more about it here.
Health checks – “Start the year right!”
In this month’s Jean Hailes health article, Jean Hailes specialist women’s health GP Dr Amanda Newman tells us about one new year’s resolution that’s both achievable and potentially lifesaving, not just for now but for the future. Find out more here.
Published with the permission of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.